Wednesdays in Mississippi: Proper Ladies Working for Radical Change, Freedom Summer 1964 (Hardback)Debbie Z. Harwell (author)
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The only civil rights program created for women by women as part of a national organization, WIMS offers a new paradigm through which to study civil rights activism, challenging the stereotype of Freedom Summer activists as young student radicals and demonstrating the effectiveness of the subtle approach taken by ""proper ladies."" The book delves into the motivations for women's civil rights activism and the role religion played in influencing supporters and opponents of the civil rights movement. Lastly, it confirms that the NCNW actively worked for integration and black voting rights while also addressing education, poverty, hunger, housing, and employment as civil rights issues.
After successful efforts in 1964 and 1965, WIMS became Workshops in Mississippi, which strived to alleviate the specific needs of poor women. Projects that grew from these efforts still operate today.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 257
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
"White southerners heaped vicious blame on 'outside agitators' for most of the region's civil rights problems. What happened when those so-called agitators arrived on commercial airliners wearing pearls, purses, and white gloves, along with the influence of the powerful families and social circles they represented? Debbie Harwell's engaging new book uncovers the long-hidden story of these Wednesdays Women and how their often-quiet activism carved out a key niche during Freedom Summer and beyond."
--Kent Germany, author of New Orleans after the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship, and the Search for the Great Society
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